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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Cubs - Dumped Jones, Monroe
Chicago Cubs - Traded OF Jacque Jones to the Detroit Tigers for IF Omar Infante, Traded OF Craig Monroe to the Twins for a player to be named later.
The Chicago Cubs are the clear winner here as they probably got the two most valuable players of the four, assuming that the player to be named is a sentient being that isn’t Nick Punto.
Yes, Craig Monroe and Jacque Jones are both usable as platoon players. Problem is, the whole purpose of platoon players is that it’s damn easy to find one. So what if Craig Monroe can hit lefty pitchers? So does any right-handed outfielder that can slug a has a bit of isolated power - it’s not a rare skill. Hell, I could also buy a used car for $2000, put a little flag on it, park it at the edge of the driveway, and it would be a perfectly serviceable mailbox. Or, I could act like someone with a room temperature IQ and buy an actual mailbox for $40.
Jones is a little better and played admirably in center, but he’s also another limited player, who just had a dramatic loss of power well past his 30th birthday and is moving to a tougher ballpark and a tougher general environment.
Monroe was a below-average hitter when he “starred” for the Tigers championship run a couple of years ago and he’s certainly worse than that after an excrement-laden 219/268/370 in 2007. Some players have young players’ skills, some players have old players’ skills, and some players have players in wheelchairs waiting for Sunday night bingo skills. Guess where Monroe is? Not to mention that there’s no way he gets less than $5 million in arbitration for this upcoming season and that the Twins have already spent a good chunk of the Hunter savings on absolutely nothing doesn’t bode well for the new regime. I’m not even a Twins fans and I’m furious - I can’t imagine how pissed off our old friend Aaron Gleeman will be once he sees Monroe hitting in the middle of the order.
Big thumbs up to Hendry. Omar Infante’s not a very valuable player, but he’s a good utility guy, he has a little pop, he can play short a little or fill in for a month at 2nd without killing you. Now Hendry likes to accumulate second basemen like that, but Infante’s probably the best player in the trade, the cheapest of the three named players, and Jim Hendry just saved $10 million minus Infante’s salary.
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